Police hunt gang over violent assault on the DLR

By Rob Virtue on January 21, 2014 4:10 PM |

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A 19-year-old man was left with deep cuts to his head and face after being set upon by a gang who smashed a bottle over his head.

The attack took place at the Docklands Light Railway station at Canning Town on New Year's Day.

British Transport Police have released six images of people they want to talk to about the attack which happened at 2.45am.

Detective Constable Eloise Lock, the investigating officer, said the victim was at the station with three female friends when a group of around four males and four females got off a DLR train.

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"A verbal altercation broke out between the victim and one of the males, resulting in the victim being punched in the face," said DC Lock.

"The victim was repeatedly punched by the male before other members of the group joined in with the attack.

"A second male repeatedly struck the victim over the head with a glass bottle causing it to break.

"The victim then fell to the floor and was kicked and punched by the group."

She added: "This was a violent assault that left the victim requiring hospital treatment for deep cuts to his head and face. If you witnessed what happened, or have key information which you think could assist officers, I'd urge you to come forward."

Two men aged 17 and 18, both from Islington, have been arrested on suspicion of bodily harm. They will answer police bail on February 24.

Call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting background LUA/B4 of 21/01/14. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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